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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
20th April 1968: The "Rivers of Blood" Speech
Enoch Powell's address to the General Meeting of the West Midlands Area Conservative Political Centre was a speech criticising Commonwealth immigration and anti-discrimination legislation that had been proposed in the United Kingdom. Powell (1912–1998) was the Conservative Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton South West. Though Powell referred to the speech as "the Birmingham speech," it is universally known as the "Rivers of Blood" speech, a title derived from its allusion to a line from Virgil's "Aeneid." Although the phrase "rivers of blood" does not appear in the speech, the name alludes to the line, "As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding; like the Roman, I seem to see 'the River Tiber foaming with much blood.'"
Powell argued that mass immigration would lead to a race-war on the streets of Britain, and ultimately the subjugation of the indigenous white population by immigrants:
"We must be mad, literally mad, as a nation to be permitting the annual inflow of some 50,000 dependants, who are for the most part the material of the future growth of the immigrant descended population. It is like watching a nation busily engaged in heaping up its own funeral pyre. So insane are we that we actually permit unmarried persons to immigrate for the purpose of founding a family with spouses and fiancées whom they have never seen."
The speech caused a political storm, making Powell one of the most talked about, though divisive, politicians in the country, and leading to his controversial dismissal from the Shadow Cabinet by Conservative party leader Edward Heath. According to most accounts, the popularity of Powell's perspective on race may have played a decisive contributory factor in the Conservatives' surprise victory in the 1970 general election, even though is views were opposed by the Conservative Party leadership and he became one of the most persistent rebels opposing the subsequent Heath government.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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I'm at an ideal point where there's just enough jobs that need doing to keep me on my toes but still have abundance of time to achieve everything I wish to. This does not of course stop it all flying by at an alarming rate, but that is something I accept as part of the latter part of a life experience.
I am humble enough to realize that this avatar is vulnerable, temporary and certainly not self-sustaining - my mind undisciplined would dissolve into very dark places indeed. It will never naturally fixate on healthy wholesome places, so I'm constantly yanking its lead to bring it back to the moment.
This is of course just another essential maintenance discipline alongside exercise, washing, tidying, cleaning etc so it doesn't feel onerous. It's rewarding when you're focused on the results, which in my case has led to Higher Consciousness, a great and privileged experience few others will have. I gratefully continue to undertake maintenance in its many forms.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you looking after yourself?
5. TODAY 'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and sunny, clear skies throughout
1032 millibars and falling
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Change is hard. Have you ever tried to bite a 50p coin? :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Whitney Cummings on dating
All clams are born as males. A clam can change to become a female, but only once, and the change is irreversible.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Only when you thoroughly polish your life does your true self become manifest, and the diamond-like brilliance of your individuality shine forth from the depths of your being.